The secondary was in flux with cornerbacks Corey Fuller and Tom Knight watching from the sidelines and franchise player Chris McAlister missing the voluntary camp. Knight's hamstring is bothering him again.
"If I'm not in there when they need me, I want it to be for an undisclosed reason, not because I don't know what I'm doing out there," Brightful said. "I want to learn this stuff because I don't want to embarrass myself or the team."
"I think ultimately this gives us a lot of depth and experience, so if anyone goes down the next man up there doesn't slack off and can bring something to the table, too," Scott said. "It's going to be a battle this year with guys pushing themselves across the board at each position."
Offensively, Ethan Brooks substituted for All-Pro Jonathan Ogden at left tackle and Jason Thomas replaced Edwin Mulitalo at left guard midway through practice. Casey Rabach spent time at center, left guard and right guard this week.
Although Redman expressed confidence in remaining the starter ahead of Boller, a first-round pick, and in his knowledge of the offense, saying, "I feel I can take this team wherever we need to be," Ravens coach Brian Billick was noncommittal in declaring much of a pecking order when asked if Redman was in position to start.
Billick's main focus was on preparation for the club's season opener against the defending AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
"What I've been trying to stress to them since the first minicamp is we've got to pick up on a dead sprint the first day of camp," Billick said. "This is different than last year. We're going to go to Pittsburgh and compete against what will probably be picked as one of the top teams in the AFC. "We can't not know what we're about and start to develop as a team when the season starts. That's got to start with the first practice of training camp."
NOTES: Wide receiver Ron Johnson, a novice fisherman, won the Ravens' annual fishing derby by catching the longest fish: 36 ¾. Kicker Matt Stover finished second with quarterback Chris Redman and nose guard Kelly Gregg, the defending champion, coming in fourth. "Coach Billick said, 'Again, Kelly came up a little short," Redman said. … Wide receiver Travis Taylor was absent for the second consecutive day for personal reasons. … Special teams coach Gary Zauner said it's going to be a two-man race for the job of kickoff specialist between J.R. Jenkins and Derrick Frost. Punter Dave Zastudil and kicker Matt Stover aren't going to be candidates. … Linebacker Ed Hartwell is hosting a football and cheerleading clinic at Clifton Park on Saturday between 11:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. … Defensive back Gary Baxter is visiting the Garrison Police Station for its officer appreciation day on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Aaron Wilson writes for The Carroll County Times.